FDA flags sale of recalled Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal

Grant Boone
July 13, 2018

People infected with salmonella bacteria can show symptoms after just 12 hours, including diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Of those 100, 30 are known to be hospitalized. About 1.2 percent of people infected get severe diarrhea that leads to hospitalization. The first cases of illness in this outbreak began with symptoms on March 3, and the most recent individuals began feeling ill on July 2.

The recall effort follows other prominent salmonella outbreaks, including one linked to pre-cut melon from an facility in Indianapolis that sickened 70 people and another connected to eggs from a single North Carolina producer where 45 people were made sick. No deaths have been reported in this outbreak.

The Food and Drug Administration says retails still can not legally sell Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal following a recall.

"The FDA has become aware that recalled Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal are still being offered for sale", the agency said in a statement.

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In June, Kellogg said it was investigating the third-party manufacturer that produces Honey Smacks after it was contacted by the FDA and CDC about the illness.

The recalled products had use by dates of June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019 and involved the cereals' 15.3 ounce and 23 oz. packages.

The cases have been reported in 33 states, including New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, Maryland and Virginia. "The public is urged to report any product being offered for sale". The source of the outbreak remains under investigation.

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